Best Practices for Fruit and Vegetable Storage
Storing fruits and vegetables can be a complicated task. It is therefore essential to follow the best low-temperature storage methods to ensure the life and quality of fruits and vegetables.
What are best practices for storing fruits and vegetables?
1. Always store fruits and vegetables separately.
Most fruits, once they start to learn, produce a hormone called ethylene, which changes the texture, color and flavor of the product. Unfortunately, the fruit that produces ethylene also affects all the surrounding products, greatly accelerating the ripening process. If fruits are stored next to vegetables, there is a risk of accelerating the aging process that can lead to food aging.
2. Follow good storage practices.
Overloading the capacity of the low-temperature storage device will increase the internal temperature and deteriorate the product performance. Grinding may occur, so avoid clogged pallets due to bacterial growth. Prepare fruits and vegetables so that there is enough room inside the internal fan to distribute the cold air freely.
3. Know the history of your produce.
Distributors need to know the history of fruits and vegetables in order to make the best decisions regarding storage and shipping arrangements. These include factors such as product maturity, pre-product preparation, past quality inspections, and product rating.
Refrigerated storage can extend the life of fruits and vegetables, but some care is needed to keep the product in its best condition. Take care of fruits and vegetables and prolong your life considerably.